John Bachtler, FRSE, FASS, FRSA


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

1987 …2022
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Personal Statement

John Bachtler is Professor of European Policy Studies and a Director of the European Policies Research Centre. His research experience is principally in regional and industrial development in Europe, encompassing the economic development policies of the EU28 Member States and several other European countries, the structural and cohesion policies of the European Union, EU integration and enlargement. He has led EPRC research on regional policy, rural development, territorial development, foreign investment, RTDI and policy evaluation. He has been an expert adviser to numerous government departments across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, and an adviser to European organisations (European Parliament, European Commission, Committee of the Regions, European Court of Auditors, Assembly of European Regions)as well as the OECD and Nordic Council of Ministers. He has been an Expert Adviser to ten EU Presidencies over the past 15 years on budgetary, policy and regulatory reform, and directs the IQ-Net programme of research and knowledge-exchange on the management and implementation of Structural Funds across the EU. He is  Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and  Fellow of the Regional Studies Association.


  • Regional policy
  • Regional development
  • European integration
  • EU Cohesion policy
  • EU Structural and Investment Funds
  • Administrative capacity

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Projects 2005 2022

Research Output 1987 2019

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Ex-post Evaluation of the EU Solidarity Fund 2002-2016

Bachtler, J., Begg, I., Ferry, M. & Ogilvie, J., 10 May 2019, Luxembourg. 90 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
Ex-post evaluation

Reforming the MFF and Cohesion Policy 2021-27: Pragmatic Drift or Paradigmatic Shift?

Bachtler, J., Mendez, C. & Wishlade, F., 31 Jan 2019, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde. 72 p. (European Policy Research Papers; vol. 107)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
reform policy
group cohesion


Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2002-present

John Bachtler (Recipient), Jan 2008

Prize: Election to learned society

social science


John Bachtler (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Election to learned society

Royal Society

Activities 2005 2016

Regional Studies Association (External organisation)

John Bachtler (Advisor)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

RSA International Conference

John Bachtler (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference


Impact of research on the implementation of EU Cohesion policy on the European Commission's legislative proposals for the reform of the policy

John Bachtler (Participant), Laura Polverari (Participant), Carlos Mendez (Participant), Martin Ferry (Participant), Irene McMaster (Participant), Rona Michie (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Economic and commerce